Travellers fined $20,000 at Pearson Airport in Mississauga used fake COVID-19 documents

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Published July 31, 2021 at 12:36 am

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Two travellers have been fined nearly $20,000 apiece after they, among other things, used fake COVID-19 documents at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) says it has fined two passengers who arrived at the airport during the week of July 18 and flouted the nation’s entry requirements. They received four fines, talling $19,720 each, for providing false information related to proof of vaccination credentials and pre-departure tests. They were also fined for failing to comply with on-arrival testing requirements and the Quarantine Act requirement that mandates staying a government-authorized accommodation.

All travellers entering Canada must be cleared by a Canada Border Services officer.

The federal agency affirmed in July that a person who submits false information on vaccination status could be subject to a fine of up to $750,000 or six months imprisonment or both, under the Quarantine Act. They could also be  prosecuted for forgery.

“The Government of Canada will continue to investigate incidents reported and will not hesitate to take enforcement action where it is warranted to protect the health of Canadians from the further spread of COVID-19 and its variants of concern,” reads the PHAC notice.

The federal government keeps track of how many flights land at Pearson with COVID-19 cases.

 

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